Sweet Soul Records Latest Compilation Album Soul Over The Race Vol. 2 Now Available On iTunes Worldwide
SOUL OVER THE RACE Vol. 2, the third compilation album in the SOUL OVER THE RACE series recorded in Tokyo featuring all Japanese singers and musicians, is now available for worldwide digital download through iTunes.
Tokyo, Japan, March 01, 2012: Today, Tokyo-based SWEET SOUL RECORDS announced the official release of their latest album, SOUL OVER THE RACE Vol. 2, on iTunes worldwide. SOUL OVER THE RACE Vol. 2 is the third compilation album from the “SOUL OVER THE RACE” series and based on the concept that soul music transcends all races and cultures.
SOUL OVER THE RACE Vol. 2, containing 12 tracks, including “I Wouldn’t Change a Thing” (Coke Escovedo), “Funkin’ for Jamaica” (Tom Browne), “Changin’” (Sharon Ridely), “Thinking of You” (Chic), “Lucky Fellow” (Leroy Hutson), “Harvest for the World” (Isley Brothers) and others, was released in physical format on January 25, 2012 in Japan only, and is well on its way to being the top selling album of the series.
Since its release, SOUL OVER THE RACE Vol. 2 has received an exceptional amount of international interest including high-profile reviews, and continuing radio play on numerous internet radio stations across Europe.
Peggy Oliver of internationally renowned US-based soul music website SoulTracks.com writes, “A new group of handpicked vocalists are on hand for Sweet Soul’s third installment in its series of vintage soul and R&B, Soul Over The Race: Volume 2. The pace and continuity work effectively throughout; touching on disco, funk and ballads with dustings of jazz and blues. From the very first note, the vocal cast and house band are locked into the essence of the seventies and eighties but with a fresh musical perspective. Sayumi’s vocal range covers a lot of territory with gentleness (“I Can’t Let Him Down” from Love Unlimited) and assertiveness (Chic’s “Thinking of You”). The same can be said for Emi Hinouchi (hip-hop group M-Flo) whose angelic voice peppers the disco flavored, “I Believe in Miracles” from The Jackson Sisters and coyness wraps around the sophisticated ballad, Leroy Hutson’s “Lucky Fellow.” Fasun’s bluesy dynamics are perfectly appropriate for Melissa Manchester’s “Bad Weather.” Finally, Kaori Sawada, who recently released her debut, Affectionately Yours, sparks plenty of energy with rare grooves from Sharon Ridley (“Changes”) and Alice Clark (“Don’t You Care”).”
“Having our latest compilation available for international downloads is our latest effort to bring international attention to the very talented soul music artists here in Japan, attention that I feel they truly deserve. We are extremely happy with the reception of this album internationally, and we will continue to promote international artists here in Japan while at the same time, continue introducing Japanese soul artists to the world.” says Naoki Yamanouchi, CEO at SWEET SOUL RECORDS.
“SOUL OVER THE RACE VOL. 2” is available on iTunes worldwide from March 1, 2012, including Japan and the United States at this link: SOUL OVER THE RACE Vol. 2.
About SWEET SOUL RECORDS
SWEET SOUL RECORDS, parent company lifesound, Inc., is based in Tokyo and our main goal is to promote soul music in Japan in all its forms. We are doing this by creating our own brand of soul music, and at the same time, promoting international artists who we feel can help us increase the number of loyal Japanese followers by “spreading real music.”
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